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The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Fun for Sharing with Friends & Finding Ideas that Work for You (among the many that don't - or are too expensive!)

Although not always in agreement with her style as a judge on the hit show "Project Runway," I thought I'd give Nina Garcia a second chance by way of purchasing this book--simply out of a need for an informative style guide. I must say, I'm impressed, and have been sinc...
Although not always in agreement with her style as a judge on the hit show "Project Runway," I thought I'd give Nina Garcia a second chance by way of purchasing this book--simply out of a need for an informative style guide. I must say, I'm impressed, and have been since I first glanced through this well-organized manual. "The One Hundred" is a thorough guide to not only virtually every item a woman should keep in her wardrobe, but also how to shop for such items, suggestions for which brands one might prefer, and how to pair the item with other garments & accessories to complete each look. I found this last part to be most interesting and useful, for while the items themselves are often far too pricey to ever find their way into my wardrobe (Chanel, camel coat, investment bag), I could do as Nina suggests in the introduction by finding similar items that suit my tastes & budget, and use her styling & pairing tips to combine those items with other, more affordable pieces in the book (fishnets, gloves, jeans, nail polish) or pieces not included on the list, in a fashion-forward way. The book starts with an introduction by Ms. Garcia, which I recommend reading before getting too far into the list. As I mentioned briefly above, in this section she brings up the fact that many of these items are not meant to suit everyone's tastes & budgets; improvisation wherever desired is encouraged. This is _Nina's_ 100 list, these are the items _she_ feels are the most essential pieces any woman must own, and in the introduction she admits that not everyone reading this book will agree to that. And it's true...going through this list may leave a bit of a sour taste in your mouth after some time, as it gets to feeling so..._material_. Try to approach this book lightly...don't take any part of it too seriously. There is no single item in here (well, except maybe underwear) that you HAVE to own. It's an informational resource, like a dictionary; it's made for taking bits of advice that apply to a given situation and leaving the rest alone (or just checking it out for entertainment) until it's needed later. You might never need all of what's written in it, but there's plenty of tips and advice available for almost everyone. After the introduction is the Table of Contents, which is pretty pointless as such since all the items in the book are presented in alphabetical order, separated into lettered chapters (A, B, XYZ, etc.). However, it's useful if you want to glance at a list of all the items at once for any reason. The ToC is followed by the items themselves, starting with A-Line Dress and ending with Zippered Hoodie. Each section generally has a little blurb about the item's history, what to look for when choosing that item on a shopping trip, what to pair with it, when/how often to wear it, etc. Throughout the book there are tons of quotes from different sources such as movie and song lyrics, pop culture, etc. And for every item and then some, there are hundreds of adorable, colorful illustrations by Ruben Toledo. These really spice up the book, bringing to it new life. Whether or not the items in this book are desirable to its reader, there's plenty of fashion information to satisfy any woman, presented in a fun and organized way. A fun book to share with friends, I suggest getting a copy for yourself or someone you know who's into dressing fashionably. You'll likely be glad you did.

posted by ExpressivelyTess on February 7, 2011

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1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Hmmmmm

I guess it would be good but i can guess its very general. No specific fashion trends bc theyre always hanging.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Hmmmmm

    I guess it would be good but i can guess its very general. No specific fashion trends bc theyre always hanging.

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